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Blessing of the Backpacks

God who teaches us every day how to make Earth a little more like Heaven, we lift to you today, these students.

Give them your patience to understand the problems on paper and in the hallways.

Help them commit themselves to study and learning in the school year ahead.

Bless each of them.

Lord, put your hands on these backpacks.   Fill them with school work and reminders of the love and care of this church.  Surround them each school day with your Spirit.

Look after the teachers and workers in our schools. Sustain them with your peace, patience and perseverance. Help them know how appreciated they are and that this congregation embraces their call to teaching and learning and surrounds them with love and care as well.

We pray in the name of Jesus who we seek to follow day by day. Amen.

 

adapted from http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-blessing-of-the-backpacks-and-the-school-year

Call To Worship from Psalm 24

The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,

except what I have in my wallet,

                                   except my nest egg,

                                   except my house payment,

The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.

forgive us Lord when we withhold

                                   forgive us Lord when we depend on ourselves

                                                      rather than you

                                   forgive us Lord when we neglect

                                                   to give thanks for the means you have                                                                                 provided.

The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.

Praise the Lord of All, the King of Glory!

                                                                -©2015 Nathan Decker, Worship’s Wake

Guided Prayer of Creation

This prayer is intended to be read to a group dramatically while the group sits in the silence and experiences God through contemplating where the guide leads them.  It is based on the Genesis 1 Creation story.  Enjoy.

 

All is dark.  All is still.  Everything is nothing.

All about you there is the deep.

The chaotic void surrounds you,

chokes you when you open your mouth to scream.

You are drowning in the meaningless night.

Within you there is a shattered dreamless lack of self.

 

But all at once you hear a whisper.

It stirs all the world as a breeze gently moving.

You feel the caress of the wind like a hand wiping tears from your eye.

You hear the voice in your ears, no, in your heart; the voice of one who loves.

 

“Light!”  The voice says.

 

All is light.  All is purpose.  Nothing is Everything.

 

“Sky!”  The voice says.

 

You gaze up into the bluest sky peppered with cotton clouds.

Anxious for the next word you wait in anticipation.  Here it comes.  The voice is not done!

 

“Earth!” The voice says.

 

Within your fingertips you grasp at the dirt.  About your toes, you feel the sands of the beach cooled by the rush of an oncoming wave.  The grass tickles your feet as you rush to climb a tree to hear what the voice says next:

 

“Sun, Moon, Stars!”  The voice says.

 

And there the paintbrush of a thousand colors gives you the first sunrise and sunset.  You watch in awe as bursts of light from millions of lifetimes away suddenly twinkle in the evening.  The moon looms large in the sky as you hear the voice continue:

 

“Life!”  The voice says.

 

From your perch in the tree you watch as a whale comes up for air from within the deep.  A flock of birds flies suddenly from a nearby roost.  Climbing down, you are greeted by a majestic buck chasing after a doe.  You walk through this world, in wonder, in awe.  What could the voice possibly says next.  What could the Creator dream?  What could the Architect build?  What could the Carpenter design now?

 

“Love!”  The voice says.  “Love!”

 

All about you there is life.

The emptiness is pushed away and replaced,

You open your lips and feel

the breeze, the wind, the Spirit,

the breath of life enters you.

You are baptized in the meaningful light.

Within you there is a woven dream of what you can be and become.  Amen.

Hide and Seek Prayer

Within the heavens,

Within the moments of coincidence,

Within the intricacies of theology and science,

Within the mystery and the unknown,

and within the heavy emotions and heart-felt convictions:

Lord, we seek you.

Yet, you are on earth – revealed through your creation,

You are in the ordinary and everyday unnoticed and unrecognized,

You are in the spaces beyond knowledge and yet in plain sight,

and you are seen and felt more in our actions of hope and love

than our reactions of devotion or internal chemistry:

Lord, reveal to us.

Within the busy-ness of bees,

Within the ringtones of notifications,

Within the individualism and self-reliance,

Within the selfishness of pride and the self-righteousness of pain,

and within the our day to day ignorance:

Lord, seek us.

Wonderful Jesus, as we play hide and seek together,

Increase our faith and faithfulness this day.  Amen.

-(CC) 2014 Nathan Decker, www.worshipswake.wordpress.com